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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Friday, March 31, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For March 31, 2006

Portugal Telecom Reports 50.1% Y/Y African Mobile Growth to 5.32 mil.

In June 2005, PT announced that it was consolidating its dozen or
so African holdings into a single holding company, PT
Africa). Following the acquisition of a majority stake in a
Congolese mobile operator and the acquisition of a 34% stake in
Namibian mobile operator MTC, PT Africa now holds stakes in three
fixed-line operators, six...

EU Approves Virgin Mobile, Carphone Warehouse Deal

The European Union (EU) has approved the joint-venture agreement
between Carphone Warehouse Group and Virgin Mobile Holdings that
will see Virgin Mobile sell its products at the 185 French stores
of Carphone Warehouse. According to Dow Jones, the two companies
will split the revenue, although there is no forecast yet of how
much that...

Broadband USA

As U.S. carriers try to shore up falling revenues from consumer
voice services by adding more "high value" business customers,
enterprise users are looking for more broadband capabilities and
better roaming deals from the cellular giants. "Top of my list
is broadband, high-speed connectivity and international roaming
charges," says...

CompTel Takes FCC To Court On Verizon Default

The CompTel competitive-carrier association filed a lawsuit
against the Federal Communications Commission for its
controversial deadline slippage that allowed a Verizon
deregulation request to be granted by default after no official
action was taken. The legal challenge -- via a petition for
review made in the U.S. Court of Appeals...

Sprint Nextel Outlines EV-DO Expansion

Sprint Nextel is moving full speed ahead into EV-DO technology,
with plans to have its Power Vision network reach 190 million
people in the United States by the close of 2006, the carrier
says. Sprint also is committing to Revision A upgrades beginning
in the second half of this year. Sprint intends to begin
offering customers the...

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